By Abdullah Qazi / 2001
Noor Mohammad Taraki was an important member of the Khalq faction of the PDPA. After the Saur revolt, which left Mohammad Daoud Khan dead, Taraki became the president of the Revolutionary Council, prime minister of the country, and secretary general of the PDPA. During Taraki’s hold on power, numerous anti-Communist revolts occurred throughout the country, and he failed to subdue them. Taraki and Hafizullah Amin worked together to greatly weaken the Parcham faction of the PDPA. Eventually, on September 14, 1979, Taraki himself was killed by Amin.